A very long time ago, in mid winter, when the snowflakes were falling like feathers from heaven, a beautiful queen sat sewing at her window, which had a frame of black ebony. As she worked, she looked sometimes at the falling snow, and it happened that she pricked her finger with her needle, so that three drops of blood fell upon the snow.The Queen said to herself as she looked it, “Ah me! If only I had a dear little child who had skin as white as the snow, lips as rosy as the blood, and hair as black as the ebony window-frame.”
Soon afterwards she had a little daughter, with skin white as snow, lips rosy as blood, and hair as black as ebony– and she was therefore called “Little Snow-White.”
But alas! When the little one was born, the good queen died.
A year passed away, and the King took another wife. She was a beautiful woman, but proud and haughty, and she could not bear that anyone else should surpass her in beauty. She had a mirror and when she stood in front of it and asked,
“Mirror, mirror upon the wall, Who is the fairest of us all?”
the mirror answered-
“Thou, O Queen, art the fairest of all,”
and the Queen was contented, because she knew the mirror could speak nothing but the truth.
But as time passed on, Little Snow-White grew more and more beautiful, until when she was seven years old, she was as lovely as the bright day, and still more lovely than the Queen herself, so that when the lady one day asked her mirror-
“Mirror, mirror upon the wall, Who is the fairest fair of us all?”
“O Lady Queen, though fair ye be, Snow-White is fairer far to see.”
严冬时节，鹅毛一样的大雪片在天空中到处飞舞着，有一个王后坐在王宫里的一扇窗子边，正在为她的女儿做针线活儿，寒风卷着雪片飘进了窗子，乌木窗台上飘落 了不少雪花。她抬头向窗外望去，一不留神，针刺进了她的手指，红红的鲜血从针口流了出来，有三点血滴落在飘进窗子的雪花上。她若有所思地凝视着点缀在白雪 上的鲜红血滴，又看了看乌木窗台，说道：“但愿我小女儿的皮肤长得白里透红，看起来就像这洁白的雪和鲜红的血一样，那么艳丽，那么骄嫩，头发长得就像这窗 子的乌木一般又黑又亮！”